Great Ike Jacket Uniform, very big size (38L), with an unit patch of the 10th Army. Jacket has a nice screwback (early war) artillery collar insignia and several distinctions (medal bar for Asiatic campaign + 2 stars indicating he participated in two campaigns, victory medal bar and good conduct medal bar. Also included is his original Good Conduct medal from WW2 which is still pinned on the jacket! The jacket has private rank chevrons and an overseas bar (denoting 2.5 years overseas service) denoting service in the liberation of Asia against the Japanese. The jacket is complete with all its buttons, has a nice manufacturer tag (dating the jacket to 1944). Jacket has a great patina and is complete with all buttons/buckles etc., see photo's.
The Tenth United States Army was the last army level command established during the Pacific War during World War II, and was formed by a rare combination of divisions from both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps. During the Battle of Okinawa (1 April through 22 June 1945), the Tenth Army consisted of XXIV Corps of the U.S. Army (consisting of the 7th, 27th, 77th and 96th Army infantry divisions) and III Amphibious Corps of the U.S. Marine Corps (consisting of the 1st, 2nd and 6th Marine divisions). The Tenth Army was unique among field armies in that it had its own tactical air force (a joint Army-Marine Command).
The Army had over 102,000 soldiers (of these 38,000+ were non-divisional artillery, combat support and HQ troops, with another 9,000 service troops), over 88,000 Marines and 18,000 Navy personnel (mostly Seabee and medical personnel). At the start of Battle of Okinawa, Tenth Army had 182,821 men under its command.
In all, Tenth Army suffered 65,631 casualties during the campaign, with 34,736 being suffered by XXIV Corps, 26,724 by III Amphibious Corps, 520 to the tactical air force attached to Tenth Army, 2,636 to the Army garrison forces of Okinawa and Ie Shima, and 1,015 to troops directly under the command of Tenth Army. As noted earlier, one of those casualties was the commander of the Tenth Army himself, killed by an enemy shellburst while visiting a forward position. The day after, a second general, Brigadier General Claudius M. Easley, was killed by machine gun fire.
Great and rare 100% original item for your US WW2 collection!
- 10th Army with medals/badges - large size! Okinawa Campaign - Pacific
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Army Unit
- Rare WW2 Eisenhower ''Ike'' Jacket
- Year of Manufacture
- Original/ Replica
- Good condition
- Comes with certificate of authenticity